Dear Parents and Carers,

I hope everyone is keeping well and looking forward to a week of celebration and relaxation over half term.

It has been a productive and busy two weeks in school and there have been a number of highlights coming from the classrooms which are captured on our class blogs and school Twitter feed. Do take the opportunity to read these to gain an insight into what is happening in school. Follow @WigmorePrimary on Twitter!

Producing the authors of the future! 

Over the last two weeks the children at Wigmore and Stopsley have been developing their writing skills with some amazing opportunities in the classroom and outside. We look forward to celebrating the success of the children in this unit of work in the second half of the Summer term.

The importance of reading!

Today I have spent some time having hot chocolate with our reading superstars at Wigmore. These children have read over 150 times at home over the year and have been well supported by their parent and carers to achieve this. Well done to all the children who have achieved this milestone! I have also had the opportunity to visit a number of classes throughout the week to look at how children are learning the skills of reading at Wigmore. Mrs Gilbert and Miss Islam have done a fantastic job as reading leads implementing a new approach to teach the skills of reading following staff training completed on one of our INSET Days. The children have talked positively about the new approach and are engaged in their regular visits to the library, borrowing books and learning other new skills. Reading regularly at home can be your child’s golden ticket to success! Well done to the children below and all who have been in my blog throughout the year.

25 times 50 times 75 times 100 times 150 times 200 times 275 times
Acorns (Reception) Adib, Alanna, Bella, Callum, Lyla, Manasvi, Olivia, Stephen.
Conkers (Reception) Mounesh, Rishan, Oliver. Elijah.
Pine (Reception) Sirja, Yusuf. Heeba, Zachary. Radu.
Poplar (Year 1) Connie, Luca. Lawson, Naday, Ella, Siena, Lois, Louis, Adele. Chloe, Aurelia.
Rowan (Year 1) Maryam. Lucas, Anthony. Ivy
Yew (Year 1) Luca. Macy, Maddison, Kacper. Louie. Aleana, Violet, Jonas. Theo.
Aspen (Year 2) Ameenah. Cordane, Faith, Vihaan, David. Landon, Drew. Gabriel.
Juniper (Year 2) Euan.
Maple (Year 3) Lily.
Willow (Year 3) Andi. Taras. Vihan, Reeva, Maab.
Hawthorn (Year 4) Suliaman. Bear, Danny, Sofia. Sienna, Rafi, Tyler.
Oak (Year 5) Gabriela. Sophie, Jacob.
Ash (Year 6) Adele.

Young Voices 

Huge thanks to the children, staff and parents who participated in this wonderful event in Birmingham last week. Everyone who attended thoroughly enjoyed themselves and there are a number of photos on our school Twitter feed that provide some great evidence of this. The children are already looking forward to next year! The sound of singing at Wigmore is always a great one.

The Back Page 

Well done to the Year 5 and 6 children who were involved in the quad kids athletics event at Stockwood Park last week.

On Wednesday the children were also involved in a range of activities for the Commonwealth Games Baton Relay. Our country of focus was South Africa and the children did some amazing activites about this wonderful country on the day. The baton has now been passed on to Ramridge Primary School.

Thanks to all the adults involved who helped make these events happen for the young people at Wigmore.

Thank you

The children are thoroughly enjoying our new play equipment in school. Thank you to all families who are keeping the children off this equipment before and after school.

It was national Thank a Teacher Day on Thursday in school. It is my belief that anyone who chooses to work in an education setting is a teacher. Thank you to all those staff who do their best every single day to make sure the young people at Wigmore have access to the best possible education. The adults at Wigmore are in a very privileged position to make a difference to the lives of the young people we work with. If you see them today please offer your thanks. Something as small as a thank you can go a long way! Showing gratitude is so important.

Passport to the World 

Last week Year 5 had an amazing afternoon to launch the beginning of their new unit of work. Thank you to the staff who organised this and to the staff at Easyjet for being so well prepared and organised to make learning magical for the children.

Anglo Saxon Day in Year 4

Well done to the children and staff in Year 4 for taking part and organising a great themed day of learning linked to Anglo Saxons.

Jubilee Picnic Lunch

Thank you to the staff who organised a fantastic picnic lunch for the children on Wednesday of this week. Unfortunately the great British weather played a part and we had to consume the delights on offer indoors but fingers crossed we will all be able to celebrate this wonderful milestone with family and friends in better weather over the half term break.

Creating mathematicans!

On Tuesday I had the opportunity to meet with Mr Quinton – Headteacher of Caroline Haslett Primary in Milton Keynes. It was a productive morning of collaboration with an outstanding Headteacher of an outstanding school. We visited different classes and looked at different children’s books and look forward to implementing further improvements to maths in September. Wigmore have been working with the Enigma Maths Hub and this visit was extremely beneficial.

Key Stage 1 assessments

Well done to the children in Year 2 have recently completed their end of year assessments. Their willingness to do their best makes me very proud. The children make progress in so many different ways and these assessments are just one way of measuring this. Thank you to the teachers for organising these.

SEN Coffee Morning

Thank you to the parents and carers who attended our recent SEN Coffee Morning. Your feedback is vital in the school improvement process. Huge thanks to Mrs Willis who organised this opportunity to converse with parents and carers.

PC Sally Simmonds visits Wigmore

Thank you to Bedfordshire Police for visiting the school on Monday to talk to the children about a range of different themes linked to keeping themselves safe. Next half term we hope to have the fire service visiting. The best way to keep children safe and well is by educating them.

House Points

The children have been working incredibly hard in school to earn points for their House!

Week beginning Aviators Brewers Mechanics Plaiters
16.5.22 225 280 326 – Winners! 271
23.5.22 128 112 125 – Winners! 123

The Gold Book

Well done to the following children who have been in the Gold Book over the last two weeks.

Class WB 16.5.22 WB 23.5.22
Acorns (Reception) Moosa Simon
Conkers (Reception) Anika Ollie
Pine (Reception) Harper Aisha
Poplar (Year 1) Oscar Gabriel
Rowan (Year 1) Lulia Max
Yew (Year 1) Louie Luis
Aspen (Year 2) All children in Aspen Ameenah
Hazel (Year 2) All children in Hazel Milan
Juniper (Year 2) All children in Juniper Luis
Elm (Year 3) Etienne Musa
Maple (Year 3) Kimberly Mousa
Willow (Year 3) Alex Kylan
Beech (Year 4) Miley Noah S
Hawthorn (Year 4) Charlie Danny
Linden (Year 4) Divya Anisa
Holly (Year 5) Moses Sarae
Lime (Year 5) Oliver Dylan
Oak (Year 5) Jonathan Mercedes
Alder (Year 6) Wiktor Jaeci
Ash (Year 6) Bailey Kartikeya
Birch (Year 6) Kayleigh Maleeha

ATTEND TO ACHIEVE!

475 (Week beginning 23.5.22) children’s names were entered into our attendance “Wheel of Fortune” family prize draw. This is the number of children who have been in school every day since the beginning of the term.

At Wigmore we have to aim to be here every day! Excellent attendance is 97% or above. There are strong links between good attendance and good progress in school, both academically and socially.

Attendance for this school year at Wigmore stands at 93.9% which is slightly above the national average. At Wigmore we do not want to be slightly better than average – we want to be the best we can possibly be and reach our school target of 97%.

Class WB 16.5.22 Comment
Acorns (Reception) 90% Must improve!
Conkers (Reception) 75.2% Must improve!
Pine (Reception) 83.3% Must improve!
Poplar (Year 1) 94.1% Must improve!
Rowan (Year 1) 92.1% Must improve!
Yew (Year 1) 93% Must improve!
Aspen (Year 2) 88.6% Must improve!
Hazel (Year 2) 91.8% Must improve!
Juniper (Year 2) 92.4% Must improve!
Elm (Year 3) 96.3% Almost there!
Maple (Year 3) 87.6% Must improve!
Willow (Year 3) 98.3% WOW!
Beech (Year 4) 98.3% WOW!
Hawthorn (Year 4) 94.9% Must improve!
Linden (Year 4) 94.8% Must improve!
Holly (Year 5) 95.2% Must improve!
Lime (Year 5) 94.3% Must improve!
Oak (Year 5) 95.9% Must improve!
Alder (Year 6) 90.7% Must improve!
Ash (Year 6) 97.6% Outstanding!
Birch (Year 6) 93.9% Must improve!
Whole school 93.3% Must improve!

Lateness = lost learning!

5 minutes late every day 3 days of learning lost
10 minutes late every day 6 and half days of learning lost
15 minutes late every day 2 weeks of learning lost
20 minutes late every day 19 days of learning lost

Days off school = lost learning!

97% to 100% attendance  Excellent attendance! This is our goal!
95% attendance  10 days of learning lost per year
90% attendance 19 days of learning lost per year
85% attendance 29 days of learning lost per year
80% attendance 38 days of learning lost per year
75% attendance 47 days of learning lost per year

I hope everyone has a safe and restful Jubilee half term!

With thanks for your continued support in the work we do with your children,

Mr Johnston